68-foot Aluminum Pedestrian Bridge Installed

aluminum-pedestrian-pier-bridgeIn December 2017, BoardSafe installed an aluminum pedestrian bridge in Allentown. The custom manufactured pedestrian bridge was requested by Lehigh County for their park and historic property at Haines Mill. 

Each year thousands of Lehigh Valley residents visit the 37.5-acre Haines Mill park. Some come to fish Cedar Creek that runs through the park and others have a picnic at the tables along the creek. Some come for sport and enjoy the youth soccer field and cricket pitch. Hundreds of students come with their school classes to tour Haines Mill Museum. A bridge was needed for students to safely cross the Cedar Creek and avoid walking along the busy roadway to access the museum and park. 

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BoardSafe docks and adaptive kayak launch featured at Cabela’s accessibility expo


On Saturday, January, 20, 2018, Cabela’s, the outdoor super store in Hamburg, PA, hosted an information expo and fair featuring organizations and businesses that provide access for disabled hunters, boaters and anglers. Over 30 organizations were represented with hundreds of adaptive products on showcase.

BoardSafe was present featuring its adaptive kayak and boat launch, which helps paddlers safely transfer from their wheelchair into the cockpit of their boat.

For information about an adaptive kayak launch for a lake or river near you, call us to discuss the details of your project at 610-899-0286. Our experts will guide you through the process from best practices in fundraising for the accessible floating docks and launch to customizing the structure to your aquatic environment and surrounding habitat. Visit boardsafedocks.com.

Photo to the left is a newspaper clipping from The Reading Eagle, the local newspaper in Reading, Berks County, PA. 

BoardSafe Docks Awarded Adaptive Kayak Launch at Lake Nockamixon

In February 2018, BoardSafe was informed that they were awarded a project to manufacture and install a new adaptive kayak boat launch at Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Lake Nockamixon is a reservoir in southeastern Pennsylvania, and the largest lake in Bucks County. Tohickon Creek, Three Mile Run, and Haycock Run feed the 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon, which is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and a destination for boaters and anglers. Other popular activities include picnicking, swimming in the pool, hiking, biking, disc golfing, hunting, fishing, and boating.

Areas of the park have been made accessible with ADA access for individuals with disabilities. The addition of an adaptive kayak boat launch, which will include a gangway and aluminum floating with ADA features, will provide greater ease of access into a kayak, canoe or other boat for an individual who uses a wheelchair or has limited mobility. 

The project was spearheaded by Friends of Nockamixon and has been underway for over three years. They raised approximately $40,000 for the project including generous donations from Shop Rite Supermarkets in Bethlehem, Hatfield, PA and Brodheadsville, PA totaling $7,000. With the money in hand, the Friends group is excited to see their hardwork come to fruition. 

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Floating Docks Manufactured and Installed on Massachusetts River

merrimak-floating-docksTucked on the south bank of the Merrimack River and four miles inland from the Atlantic Oceans sits Merri-Mar Yacht Basin Inc. in historic Newburyport, MA. Proudly started by a World War II Navy veteran the marina is in its third generation of family ownership, and the marina shows its pride. The full service marina offers seasonal moorings and dockage, as well as transient moorings and transient dockage, free parking, free wi-fi & showers. They also have a Ships Store and Parts Department - stocking parts for our engine & generator lines, a Marine Repair & Service Department catering to both Sail and Power Boats.

Over the years the wooden floating docks took a beating from the tough Massachusetts elements and hauling the docks out of the water late each fall due to ice flows on the river.

Management wanted to replace the docks with something aesthetically appealing and more functional. After seeing BoardSafe's quality of work and products at other marina they decided on engaging BoardSafe for the manufacturing and installation of their docks. In conversations with BoardSafe they decided on using ipe decking with TimberStrong internal panel fasters and an aluminum frame. Special engineering was needed to set the proper floatation as well as to create a design that worked with the existing pilings. The Merrimack River fluctuates six feet with the tides and internal mounts were built into the aluminum floating docks. 

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